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Podcast ep 4 – What is practising?

The fourth episode of our new This Is A Voice Podcast arrived on 22nd July. In the previous episode (episode 3, How Do We Learn A Song) Gillyanne and I had shared the best ways of learning and memorising a song. In THIS episode we talk about practising. What it is, what it's for and how [...]

10 steps to finding authenticity in singing

This article gives 10 steps to finding your own authenticity in singing songs, arias and roles. While this was written with classical singers in mind, the steps can be used by musical theatre singers too. Tl;Dr? How to be you, singing any piece. What is Authenticity? "Authenticity" is drummed into singers. But whose authenticity are we [...]

By |2020-06-21T16:20:28+01:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Understanding Musicals part 6 – Vocal style

Vocal style Knowledge of vocal style can be used to inform any performance element of the exam and project work. It will also contribute to appraisal skills and understanding of form. The vocal styles prevalent in the genre have arisen from two directions. Since the vast majority of performers have trained first as actors, the emphasis [...]

Fun with Sounds by Pippa Goss

Fun with Sounds by Pippa Goss There is a moment in the summer when I realise that my transition to singing teaching geek is finally complete. I am driving about the country on holiday with my five year- old daughter listening to the CBeebies Songs Album for the umpteenth time (singing teachers, note that younger children [...]

By |2019-10-06T15:36:56+01:00October 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Theories, beliefs and your reality

EVERYONE carries theories and beliefs. Theories and beliefs are what help us stay sane in this world, to navigate the extraordinary flow of information and experiences in which we are currently living. As singers, we carry beliefs and theories about techniques for singing - they help us step out into the scary world for performers and [...]

What is music anyway?

I've been thinking about music and what it is, how it's written and how we perform it. I first showed the following sequence in a workshop at Chichester University in 2018. Let me know what you think! What do you see? The image above contains a number of white dots. There is very little meaning in [...]

By |2020-09-02T17:51:03+01:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Patter songs and good diction

I’ve always been a fan of patter songs – the type with speedy text or long lists of items. Think “Modern Major General” (G&S), or one of the most difficult written for a woman – “Not Getting Married Today” (Sondheim). I’ve sung them and I’ve coached them for years. The thing you don’t do when singing patter [...]

By |2019-12-29T12:49:35+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably We’ve described how important it is to sing in your vocal comfort zone. But there is a place in performance for uncomfortable sounds. Think of the sounds you make in an extreme emotion: yelling, screaming or breathlessness. Now think of the patterns people make with those sounds – the yell hits [...]

Gillyanne and Jeremy’s quickfire question round

What do you think about... Back in 2016 the Voice Council Magazine (now archived) asked us a quick-fire question or two about singing, performing, life, the universe and everything. Here are our answers! "Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher are eminent educators who run ‘Vocal Process’, a multi-genre and multi-media practice. Gillyanne has a doctorate in female [...]